Whether designing a large scale multi-family project, a custom home, or an affordable housing project, Harris & Sloan strives to deliver structural engineering services that meet the project owner’s specifications, support the architect’s vision, and minimize construction costs.
Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing (MEP)
Our philosophy is defined by a practical approach in design of efficient systems. Our team of mechanical and electrical engineers are at the forefront of the Zero Net Energy requirements as mandated by the State of California. Our goal is to marry the structural and mechanical designs to provide a coordinated set of documents that takes into account the performance of the entire building.
The Title 24 Building Code is updated every three years to increase the energy efficiency of new construction. These efficiency increases typically change construction practices through the introduction of new materials and products which can in turn affect the final cost of a newly constructed building. Harris & Sloan provides its clients with cost effective solutions by balancing different construction measures in order to meet the state’s energy compliance requirements.
Coordinated SMEP Design
Harris & Sloan provides fully coordinated SMEP designs with the goal of eliminating multi-disciplinary conflicts which can be both time consuming and costly. We are structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers with a reputation for helping clients reduce construction costs and maximize efficiency through collaboration with the project stake holders and trades. Our approach blends collaboration, communication, and technical expertise to provide economical design options that meet long-term performance goals.
Our philosophy of collaboration and coordination doesn’t end with submittal to the building department. During construction, our design teams work with the trades to create efficient and constructible solutions to whatever challenges they face in the field. Similarly, our team of experienced and dedicated full-time field observers provide thorough observation of structural elements at foundation, shear, and frame stage as well as observation of mechanical installations. For projects requiring special inspection of wood elements, our trained staff will provide code-required verifications. All reports are issued immediately upon completion of the observation to prevent any delays to construction.